2014 Archive Stories

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  • 'Citizenfour' shines a harsh light on U.S. surveillance BY THOMAS LEE
    “I’m not the story,” Edward Snowden insists to his journalist handlers in the absorbing, thrilling “Citizenfour.” Too late. Directed with deft technical touch by Laura Poitras, “Citzenfour” is the much-anticipated documentary on how Snowden, a former contractor with the National Security
    Thu Oct 30, 2014
  • After battling cancer and facing paralysis, H.B. man uses Halloween to lift everyone's spirits By STEFAN WEICHERT
    HUNTINGTON BEACH – Outside the Tucker family home, more than a dozen spiders sit atop the roof, ready to strike at any time. Gravestones with zombies digging their way out dot the yard, and a welcome sign made from bat wings greets visitors. It doesn’t get any less scary inside the one-story home, where Jim and Lisa Tucker li
    Thu Oct 30, 2014
  • Marilyn Manson acts up at Observatory BY KELLI SKYE FADROSKI
    Marilyn Manson does whatever the heck Marilyn Manson wants to do. He’s dramatic, likes to be mysterious and has exhibited some of the most annoying diva-like behavior in past performances in the area. The 45-year-old frontman had The Observatory in Santa Ana absolutely packed to the gills Wednesday night for arguably his most intimate gig
    Thu Oct 30, 2014
  • Wine Wednesdays: 5 favorite restaurants to get discounted bottles BY BRAD A. JOHNSON
    I don’t know when or where it started, but Wine Wednesdays have become a thing. And I like it. I like it a lot. Here’s what’s happening: Every Wednesday, a bunch of restaurants throughout the county are bringing date-night back to the middle of the week by offering full bottles of wine at a huge discount, typically half the nor
    Thu Oct 30, 2014
  • Watch this, skip that: 'McCarthys' has one joke and it isn't funny, 'Skyscraper' toys with death BY MICHAEL HEWITT
    FEATURED SHOW “The McCarthys,” 9:30 tonight, CBS Football exits CBS’s Thursday lineup, but even one night with this grating lineup of “comedy” will have us begging Roger Goodell for a few more games. Trophy series “The Big Bang Theory” starts the evening, and while signific
    Thu Oct 30, 2014
  • Danny Elfman reprises 'Music From the Films of Tim Burton' BY KELLI SKYE FADROSKI
    When performer and composer Danny Elfman stepped out onstage at the Royal Albert Hall in London last year for the very first run of “Danny Elfman’s Music From the Films of Tim Burton,” he was absolutely terrified. It had been 18 years since Elfman, who fronted Los Angeles’ beloved rock/new wave band Oingo Boingo f
    Thu Oct 30, 2014
  • Lifestyle expert Kelly Lam guides Newport Beach residents & tourists toward active lifestyles with “Active Me” video series By: Register Wire Service
    Kelly Lam, Founder of The Whole Purpose, a company that creates Mindful Wellness programs for individuals and corporations for optimal overall well being will be featured as host in a new series of videos called Active Me, which will appear on Newport Beach Television (NBTV) beginning in November (check local listings). The five-part video serie
    Thu Oct 30, 2014
  • Barbara Bui visits Orange County BY LISA LIDDANE
    If being able to wear one’s creation and assess how it makes one look and feel is an advantage for a designer, then Barbara Bui leverages that whip hand with a deft stroke. During her first-ever visit to her 2-year old signature boutique recently at South Coast Plaza, Paris-based Bui arrived in black, skinny leather pants straight out of h
    Thu Oct 30, 2014
  • Rare pilot whales spotted off Dana Point BY KELLY ZHOU
    Leslie Kretschmar was amazed to see a pod of pilot whales, rare in Orange County waters, swim up to the Ocean Institute’s boat. She was leading a group of 30 elementary-school students from San Clemente on a Friday morning educational trip when the dark black-gray cetaceans, about 18 feet long, came right up to the Institute&rs
    Thu Oct 30, 2014
  • 5 minute recipe: This fudge is so good, it should be illegal BY CATHY THOMAS
    Felony Fudge is an irresistible combination of chocolate, peanut butter chips, nuts, butter and sweetened condensed milk. It was sent to the Register more than 10 years ago by reader Donna Zager of Ontario. It takes less than five minutes to prepare if you use a microwave oven, a little longer if you melt the ingredients in a double boiler. Zage
    Thu Oct 30, 2014
  • Want a big scare without having to go to Knott's? Try these Orange County Halloween haunted houses BY JOSEPH PIMENTEL
    LAGUNA HILLS – Just before they walked into The Empty Grave Haunted House, Lance Reyes had one request of his older brother Jeremy. “Don’t leave me alone.” Inside, Jeremy Reyes, 28, lost track of Lance. The 17-year-old, a senior at Tesoro High, was left to fend for himself in the dark, foggy maze.
    Thu Oct 30, 2014
  • Has TV utopia arrived? Not so fast BY MICHAEL HEWITT
    Good news keeps coming for consumers staggering under cable TV bills that are rising much faster than inflation – or so it seems at first glance. Those hoping to “cut the cord” and trade their cable subscriptions for cheaper Internet-based service got a boost this week when Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom
    Thu Oct 30, 2014
  • Throwback Thursday: Revisiting the ghosts of Halloween past By ERIKA I. RITCHIE
    A hundred years ago a house on G Street in Santa Ana was the place to celebrate Halloween. “An amazing game called Goo-Goo was played in which everyone who laughed paid a forfeit by feeding someone else popcorn from a spoon while blindfolded or biting an apple from a string or some other Halloween stunt,” a brief in the Santa
    Thu Oct 30, 2014
  • Areas burned by Silverado Fire closed until 2015 BY CHRISTOPHER EARLEY
    Portions of the Cleveland National Forest scorched in last month’s Silverado Fire will be closed to visitors until September 2015, the U.S. Forest Service announced Friday. The temporary closure will allow vegetation in burned areas to regrow, stabilizing the region and reducing the chance of flash flooding and mudslides, authoriti
    Sat Oct 25, 2014
  • Reeves gets the action right BY COLIN COLVERT
    “John Wick” transforms the current zeal for hit-man movies into a mix of propulsive homicide and giddy farce. Keanu Reeves plays a retired killer who aimed for a new life with his new wife but whose plans faltered when Mrs. Wick died mid-romance. Then her parting gift to John, an adorable puppy, is the victim of an attack fro
    Sat Oct 25, 2014
  • Review: 2015 Kia Soul electric vehicle exceeds expectations in multiple areas BY SUSAN CARPENTER
    As Tesla grabs all the headlines for its sci-fi semi autonomy and regulatory battles and fluctuating stock prices, electric vehicles from other automakers have quietly proliferated. Plug-ins from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen and now Kia have all whirred their way on to the market this year, bringing the number of mass-market EV options to an u
    Sat Oct 25, 2014
  • Bake it? Carve it? Paint it? There's a pumpkin for that BY MARLA JO FISHER
    Sad but true: Despite the nursery rhyme you memorized in childhood, Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater wouldn’t actually have been able to keep his wife in a pumpkin shell. That’s because the pumpkins that make good eating are soft, not sturdy. And those grown with high, thick walls strong enough to withstand carving into jack-o&rsquo
    Sat Oct 25, 2014
  • New e-bike franchise priced for the commuter BY SUSAN CARPENTER
    The concept is simple: Get people out of their cars and onto electric bicycles. The challenge? E-bikes can be expensive. Models from well-known brands often cost thousands of dollars, preventing would-be cyclists from buying in. But Curbside Commuters hopes to change that. The new electric bicycle franchise is the sole distributor of a l
    Sat Oct 25, 2014
  • Berries get a Halloween costume BY CATHY THOMAS
    I’m a sucker for Halloween treats with candy eyes. Last year I made a ghost cake covered with comical goblins adorned with goggle-y eyes. Laughing for days over the whimsy of that ghost gateau, I was delighted to see the white chocolate-dipped, ghost-themed strawberries created by the folks at Driscoll‘s strawberries. Look for candy
    Sat Oct 25, 2014
  • Michael Keaton soars in impressive 'Birdman' BY JOCELYN NOVECK
    When we first see Michael Keaton in “Birdman,” Alejandro G. Inarritu’s bracingly inventive and accomplished new film about fame, relevance, self-worth and lots of other intense stuff, he’s sitting in his white undies, in the middle of a dressing room. No, really in the middle. Like, in the air. He’s levitati
    Sat Oct 25, 2014
  • Food report: Steak 'n Shake coming, McRib returns, Melting Pot closes BY NANCY LUNA
    Three years after revealing plans to bring Steak ’n Shake to the West Coast, the iconic steak burger chain is finally landing closer to Orange County. Owned by Texas-based Biglari Holdings, Steak ’n Shake will open Tuesday in Santa Monica. This is the second Steak ’n Shake to open in California after a loc
    Fri Oct 24, 2014
  • Tenacious D's Festival Supreme returns to Los Angeles Saturday BY KELLI SKYE FADROSKI
    When actors and musicians Jack Black and Kyle Gass, who together make up comedy rock band Tenacious D, sat down to figure out how to make their second annual Festival Supreme music and comedy festival even “awesomer,” there was certainly no shortage of ideas. “That’s the thing when you’re curating a festival
    Fri Oct 24, 2014
  • Sushi and booze: 4 ways movie theaters are upgrading to land your movie dollars BY HANNAH MADANS
    Martinis, sushi and a movie? Popcorn and soda are a pretty standard pairing for a night at the movies, but theaters around Orange County are upgrading their snacks and services to include cocktails and wine, waiter service and fine food to boost sales in a lackluster market. Several other Orange County theaters have
    Fri Oct 24, 2014
  • Closures ahead this weekend on O.C. freeways BY KELLIE MEJDRICH
    Keep an eye out for closures affecting the 55, I-5 and 241 toll road this weekend. On Friday, Costa Mesa commuters beware: the California Department of Transportation will close the southbound 55 Paularino Avenue off-ramp for landscape work from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday brings a morning closure for Mission Viejo drivers: the nor
    Fri Oct 24, 2014
  • 'Ouija' puts bored in board game movies BY ROGER MOORE
    Universal’s effort to reclaim its place as the Home for Horror takes a step backward with this duller-than-dull 89 minutes of your life you’ll never get back. Frankly, the board game is scarier, but only if you break the rules. “Never play alone. … Never play in a graveyard. … Always say ‘Good-bye.&r
    Fri Oct 24, 2014